Saturday, 20 September 2014

Paris day 1

Hello my lovelies!

I was lucky enough to go to Paris from the 16th to the 19th of September. I had such an amazing time and it was so nice to finally see Paris since I had never been before. I went with my friend Jenny, luckily this was her 3rd time going so she knew her way around and got me to all the main places! I am going to split these posts into two, this one is day 1 and day 2 will come later in the week. So here we go...

We arrived quite late at night on our first day so once we had found some food we headed over towards the Eiffel Tower. The atmosphere was really great when we got there but we didn't know why it was so busy. It wasn't until 9pm that we found out why. It was a light show! Thousands of lights shone on the Eiffel Tower for a good 15 minutes and it was so beautiful.  I was so lucky that my first time seeing it was like this!

After that we headed on home to get some much needed sleep because the next day was so jam packed with goodies to see. The first place that we headed to in the morning was the Louvre. I am a massive Da Vinci Code fan so this place actually excited me the most. I even got a photo by the two pyramids - all fans will know why this was so cool! We didn't get to see all of it because we had so many places to go to. I did manage to see Mona Lisa though! It was so busy trying to get to  the front to take a picture but it was worth it in the end. I loved looking at all the Christian paintings and models because my Nan is a Christian and it used to be a big part of my life. After this we got some lunch in a cafe on the grounds of the Louvre. We sat next to a pond and watched the ducks and birds washing themselves, it was nice and peaceful.

 After this we headed over to the Notre Dame. I have always wanted to see this too because it is Roman Catholic, and like I said this is a big part of my Nan's life. The architecture of this building is stunning. Each of the Saints are carved out perfectly along the middle of the building as well as all above the archway. It was free to get in to here so we ventured inside to see what it was like. I love visiting churches because they are always so peaceful and interesting to look around. Notre Dame had some gorgeous stained glass windows, a beautiful model from before Notre Dame was built and a lovely array of candles wherever you looked. I really did love this place.
 Next up on the agenda was another church called Saint Chapelle. This church isn't in use any more and it is just for tourists to look at. When we walked in the ground floor didn't look like much, just an altar and loads of gift stalls. However, when we walked upstairs that all changed. We were greeted by the most magnificent stained glass windows covering all of the walls in the building. They were such lovely colours and were a feast for the eyes. I was really glad we came to see this building!
The final place we visited for the day was the Arc de Triumph. This was funny to try and get a picture of because you had to take it in the middle of the road between two crossings. Arc de Triumph is located by a massive roundabout so there is no room for a place set to take photo's. Luckily a couple asked us to take their photo and in return they took one of Jenny and I. This really was a big monument and I was happy to see it!
We covered SO much on our first day and we were knackered by the end of it but I am grateful I got to see so much. I have a wonderful time on this day and felt truly immersed in the Parisian culture. Stay tuned for day 2!

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